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Report on Beth Israel vigil 08-29-15

Posted on September 1st, 2015 at 9:31 am by

Quality, Not Quantity

Sometimes it takes a d’oh! moment to hear the voice of reason. Last week’s report, you may remember, called for readers to express their opinion whether a certain cartoon sign should be posted at the vigils. The vote was 11-8 FOR displaying the cartoon.

But Vigil Supporter J posited a game-changer. He wrote: “Henry, I think that drawing will discredit your group. Use the copy…change the drawing.”

Here was an extremely positive compliment to Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, wrapped in an innocent piece of free advice. J, like those of us who stand vigil week after week, recognizes that we are a pretty proud group. Some dress in our Sunday (or Saturday) best, not out of respect for the Jewish supremacist congregants of Beth Israel (although initially we did), but out of self-respect. Was hoisting the cartoon somehow diminishing our messages and self-esteem?

Vigil Supporter M also raised awareness: When shown the shoddy treatment of JWPF afforded by Ann Arbor’s Jewish newspaper, M reacted by saying both sides are just slinging mud. “They are, but we’re not” I attempted a correction. “You will be, if you hold that cartoon” was the succinct response.

So here’s what the sign/cartoon looked like this Saturday. Who says we’re not a reasonable bunch?

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http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hersko/Photos/Vigil%20Sign%20Aug%202015.jpg.jpg

Rally for Ed Pinkney

Three members of JWPF traveled to the Michigan State Office Building in Grand Rapids to join supporters in a two-hour protest to request that the three judges reconsider a bond request that would release Reverend Pinkney, currently held in the Lakeland Prison in Coldwater, Michigan. The rally drew about twenty supporters from Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing. This writer hopes to visit Ed some time soon after Labor Day.

Guest Celebrity Vigiler

Aimee Smith, now hailing from California, rejoined her friends and associates at our vigil, boosting attendance to eleven. Aimee was the Voice of the Vigils while she lived in Ann Arbor, always willing to verbally go toe-to-toe with the most virulent Zionist, and this week was able to engage and totally embarrass Professor Victor Lieberman. When the good professor realized he’d met his match, he quickly resorted to the Zionist’s weapon of choice: name calling. JWPF’s film editing department is currently producing a viewable video from the original provided by this writer. Stay tuned …

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Eleven vigilers
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
Zionists Out of the Peace Movement
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 08-22-15

Posted on August 25th, 2015 at 12:32 pm by

A Day in the Life (I)

A female bicyclist cruises by our vigils, checks out our signs, and moves on, only to return a few minutes later. From my distant vantage point, I sense a slight commotion, and saunter over. The woman has turned our sign, “Israel: No Right to Exist” around and is attempting to defend her attempt at censorship. She is told “It’s free speech” by Vigiler G, and the biker retorts “This [sign] is beyond free speech.” Nice to know the boundaries…

A Day in the Life (II)

Same day, towards evening: My mate accepts an invitation to an outdoor party and I tag along. Now, I’ve been booted out of a number of bars in my day, but this evening marks the first time I was booted from a private party. The host – a hippie kinda guy I’ve seen on the dance floor of the local bar (where I wear my colors) many times – was told by some Jews at the party that they were offended by my car. Initially, he said my mate and I could stay, but the front license plate

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http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hersko/Photos/License%20Plate%201.jpg

had to be removed, claiming it said “eliminate the Jews”. Mate tried to explain things to host (he’s primarily her friend) but he wasn’t listening, and claimed the plate was like waving a Confederate flag in front of blacks.

I was so shocked at his increasing upset and anger that I didn’t think to point out to him that the racism some see in the Confederate flag bears a great similarity to the overt racism in the Israeli flag, and is why the license plate negates it. Oh, well, hindsight’s 20-20.

Your Opinion Matters

Perhaps reacting emotionally to the above examples of Tribal-influenced silencing, I had a cartoon found on the internet printed on a sign. The cartoon is intended to convey the message of Jewish Power’s influence on US foreign policy. Internal discussions in JWPF have so far prevented its appearance at the vigil, two in favor, three against. We await your input; does the following enhance our attempt to address the general public or does it detract?

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http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hersko/Photos/us%20fight%20for%20israel.jpg

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Aug 8: 7 vigilers
Aug 15: 7 vigilers
Aug. 22: 7 vigilers
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
How many Jews does it take to screw up a peace movement?
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 08-01-15

Posted on August 5th, 2015 at 11:00 am by

Raul Hilberg: “I am at a loss.”

Three members of JWPF gathered around a small table this week to discuss The Great Holocaust Trial by Michael Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman was a reporter at the “false news” trial of community activist Ernst Zundel in Toronto in 1985 and also at the 1988 re-trial. Though Ernst was handed guilty verdicts on both occasions, they were overturned by the Canadian Supreme Court in 1992, when they declared the country’s “false news” law unconstitutional.

Instructive in understanding revisionist history is the following exchange, reported by Mr. Hoffman, between Zundel defense attorney Doug Christie and Raul Hilberg, certified by the Court as an expert witness, and lauded by the Canadian Jewish News as “one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Holocaust”. This exchange was also reported in The Sault Star on January 18, 1985 under the headline “Scientific evidence of Holocaust missing.”

Christie: “Can you give me one scientific report that shows the existence of gas chambers anywhere in Nazi-occupied territory?”

Hilberg: “I am at a loss”

Christie: “You are (at a loss) because you can’t.”

When asked by the Crown to testify three years later at Ernst’s retrial (1988), Hilberg declined, writing “I have grave doubts about testifying in the Zundel case again… Were I to be in the witness box for a second time, the defense would be asking not merely the relevant and irrelevant questions put to me during the first trial, but it would also make every attempt to entrap me by pointing to any seeming contradiction, however trivial the subject might be, between my earlier testimony and an answer I might give in 1988. The time and energy required to ward off such an assault would be great …”

Hoffman: “Neither did a single ‘Survivor’ take the stand in the second trial. They too feared what would happen to the credibility of their tales when subjected to critical scrutiny by Zundel’s defense team”. [p. 95]

To the three JWPF’ers in the discussion, Hilberg’s revelation comes with breathtaking implications. Has the world indeed been duped into believing that the National Socialist government of Germany were the all-time perpetrators of ultimate evil in the world, or has the fabric of the standard Holocaust narrative been ripped substantially by Hilberg’s admission, now thirty years old? If claims about homicidal gas chambers are false, doesn’t that challenge the heart of Zionist defenses protecting the state of Israel? Is going after the Holocaust a worthwhile endeavor for the goal of liberating Palestine?

Paul Eisen thinks it is. In “Holocaust Wars” He quotes revisionist Robert Faurisson:

Zionists truly fear the weapons of the poor (children’s stones, their slingshots like that of David against the giant Goliath, the suicide attacks) and all that may endanger persons and business; they fear a demeaning of their brand image. But they are above all apprehensive of “the poor man’s atomic bomb”, that is, the disintegration, by historical revisionism, of the lie of the gas chambers, the genocide and the six million; they dread this weapon that kills no-one but that would not fail, if properly used to explode their big lie like a bag of hot air… to lose the “Holocaust” is to lose the sword and the shield of Israel as well as a formidable instrument of political and financial blackmail.

Visiting Ernst Zundel in prison

This writer remembers visiting Ernst in Mannheim Prison with friend and associate Dan McGowan in December of 2006. Readers can view Dan’s report, A Visit with Ernst Zuendel in Prison, published on Dissident Voice shortly after our return. I share with Dan the warm feelings felt at the end of our hour visit: Ernst Zundel, the reputed anti-Semitic devil, did not merely shake hands with me; he held mine in his. Eight years later the memory remains strong.

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July 18: 7 vigilers
July 25: 7 vigilers
Aug 1: 9 vigilers
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 07-11-15

Posted on July 12th, 2015 at 11:33 am by

Je suis Alison

We wonder about the powers behind the organization when three officers of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation sign a document calling our friend Alison Weir onto the carpet to answer to charges from an un-named source. The three officers signing onto the document described are:

Felicia Eaves, Co-Chair, Steering Committee
Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director
Sandra Tamari, Member, Steering Committee

One cannot review the credentials and descriptions of these well-meaning folks – two Palestinians, one African American – without hearing the voice of Malcolm X, who warned us of this calumny:

But, anyway, I know that every time that whites join a black organization, you watch, pretty soon the blacks will be leaning on the whites to support it, and before you know it a black may be up front with a title, but the whites, because of their money, are the real controllers.*

We ask: Who is calling the shots on this letter of inquisition? One needn’t wear special sunglasses to observe telling evidence which can be found by examining the eight questions put to Alison, to which she must respond by August 3. Of these eight questions, fully five of them raise “anti-Semitism” as an issue, and a sixth talks about Jewish “blood libel”. Are the three signatories to this document REALLY that concerned about Jewish sensibilities in what’s supposed to be a Palestinian LIBERATION movement?

Or, is the hidden hand of the Jewish leaders behind the scenes writing the script that these three affix their signatures? Readers are left to draw their own conclusions.

Alison, I speak for every member of Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, when I write: “We are with you. Nous sommes, Alison.”

No, You Can’t

I noticed a small gathered group at our vigil on June 13, 2015, and proceeded over to see what the flap was about. I recorded this event, which you can view here and listen to the woman speaking to our group. After she finishes airing her views, I ask: “Could I say something?” and her reply “No you can’t” is a classic example of Jewish arrogance. See what you think.

JWPF Attends Al-Quds Day in Dearborn

Three members of Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends attended a political/religious event in Dearborn, Michigan this week. Al-Quds day mixes Islamic prayer with politics, inviting “people of conscience [to] express solidarity with the oppressed of the world, particularly the innocent of Palestine. We invite all the peace-loving people to voice their opposition against the unjust occupation and the usurpation of Palestine by the oppressive Zionist regime.”

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One impression from this event: were it not for Professor David Skrbina who spoke at this event, the J-word, apparently forbidden in this most Arab-populated city in the US, would not have been uttered. Good job, David, to remind his audience that “Israel” is the Jewish state, and that the “Jewish Lobby” wields great power in our nation’s capitol.

Once again we return to Paul Eisen to observe that the crimes “against the Palestinian people [are] being committed by a Jewish state with Jewish soldiers using weapons displaying Jewish religious symbols, and with the full support and complicity of the overwhelming mass of organized Jews worldwide.”

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July 11: 8 vigilers
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 06-20-15

Posted on June 24th, 2015 at 11:47 am by

Hanging Germans Out to Dry

Much has been made of the recent debate between Yousef Munayyer and Peter Beinart, where, according to Gilad Atzmon, Munayyer exposed Beinart’s Jewish tribalism. Actually, Beinart did it to himself, telling his audience

“Is my view shaped by the fact that as a Jew I’m attached to the idea that in a post-Holocaust world, there should be one state on earth devoted to Jewish self protection and Jewish self-expression? Yes. I plead guilty”

A few of us noted that Yousef – while he did an excellent job rebutting and exposing Beinart’s “need” for a Jewish supremacist state – allowed his opponent to get away with the big one. The Holocaust – seen through Beinart’s “Jewish prism” – has been used as the 800-pound Jewish Gorilla who says “Don’t go there” to intelligent, thoughtful and well spoken people like Yousef Munayyer. Don’t challenge Jewish claims on unique suffering, even though Germans never made bars of soap out of Jewish prisoners, nor lampshades out of their skins, nor who-knows-what-else. Don’t challenge these Jewish claims, because if you do – and are successful at doing it – Jews will be unable to convince the world to look away while they continue to bludgeon Palestinians like yourself into oblivion.

It’s very clear to those paying attention that Jewish Power has targeted the people of Palestine. There are other targets selected by this powerful minority that get lost – intentionally or otherwise – in the focus on Palestinian “solidarity”. Haven’t the German people – seventy years after the real or alleged crimes of WWII – suffered sufficiently? The media, especially Hollywood, exults in flogging Germans.

Mr. Munayyer elected not to “go there” in his debate with Beinart, more willing to remain silent while his co-victim of Jewish Power – the German people – get tossed under the wheels of the Jewish Power bus. He did not question his powerful opponent on Beinart’s claim to unique suffering during WWII. In fact, Munayyer even plays along with this gag, quoting Menachim Begin who likened the policies of Israel “to the laws of the Nazis”. Could anything be worse?

Now Hold On a Minute

This report is NOT a criticism of Yousef Munayyer; he made a clear case for the Palestinian Right of Return, and made a mockery of Beinart’s racist request for a “two-state solution”. It is unrealistic to expect that Yousef would challenge the 800 pound Jewish Gorilla in such a setting. After all, his opponent was a columnist for an Israeli newspaper and the supposedly evenhanded moderator was Sigal Samuel, the Jewish Daily Forward’s deputy digital media editor. And we note – like Yousef might have – the fates suffered by Will Smith, Arun Ghandi, Charles Freeman and others who have crossed the Gorilla.

The purpose of this report is a heads-up to ALL of us when a Jewish opponent tries to hammer us with the Holocaust Cudgel. The late Shulamit Aloni knew “the trick”. To deflect criticism of Jewish Power and its crimes, merely unleash the Holocaust Gorilla at your opponent. We should challenge, rather than accept, this trick.

Perhaps the next time we find ourselves in a debate with a Jewish intellectual and the Holocaust card is played, we can invite him/her to sign onto Paul Eisen’s “Jews for Justice for Germans” statement, which demands in part:

We call on all Jews to demand that the interactions between Germans and Jews 1933-1945 be open to discussion in the same way as any other events in history

In this connection we call on all Governments to repeal, with immediate effect, all Holocaust denial laws and immediately publicly apologize to and compensate all who have suffered under those laws.

If the Holocaust card is allowed to be played unchallenged in the Palestine debate, Jews win the day in the field of public opinion. John Doe will find it difficult to side with the Palestinians because he will have more sympathy for the oppressors of Palestinians than the Palestinians themselves. Challenging the orthodoxy of the standard Holocaust narrative could be an effective way of leveling the playing field. Beinart and other Jews need to be warned that the next time they introduce the Gorilla, that action may open a can a worms they’d rather have remained sealed.

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Free Ernst Zundel
Henry Herskovitz
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 06-13-15

Posted on June 14th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by

Want to Debate?

Please link to the following 1-minute harangue authored by University of Michigan Professor Victor Lieberman and observe how he employs three hasbara techniques in an attempt to disrupt our peaceful vigils. First, he tries to divert our mission from holding Zionist Jews accountable for their support of Israeli crimes by bringing up a second issue. When that fails, he launches into a purely ad hominem attack, and ends by challenging this author to a debate.

This rat-a-tat delivery, filled with deception, works well for Victor, and he appears confident in his offer to debate. What, however, happens when it is he who receives, rather than initiates, the challenge to debate? Remembering JWPF’s guest speaker on May 28, here’s the email from Dr. Kevin Barrett to the good professor:

Hello Victor,

I recently did a book talk in Ann Arbor and met Henry Herskovitz and his friends, who said you would be an interesting radio show guest.

So I’m writing to invite you to join me to discuss the issues you raise in the letter to Marcia Federbush appended below. We could pre-record at a time of your convenience between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern, or do a live show any Friday beginning June 12th from 8 to 9 pm Eastern.

Heads up: I’m an American Muslim, my Ph.D. is in Arabic (Islamic Studies focus) and my views on Zionism are in line with those of most Muslims.

Thank you for considering this, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Lieberman, the debate challenger:

Dear Kevin,

Thanks for the invitation, but I have not the slightest interest in joining you. I would like to know. however, who provided you a copy of my letter to Marcia Federbush.

Kevin’s (appropriate) rejoinder:

Dear Victor,

I have a double agent planted inside your Mossad-sayanim network who was kind enough to provide me with samples of your correspondence.

If you ever develop enough courage to defend your views in a discussion or debate, please do let me know.

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June 6: 7 vigilers
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Remember the USS Liberty
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 05-30-15

Posted on May 31st, 2015 at 6:37 pm by

Walking on our Fighting Side

When Jewish Voice for Peace sent a letter to our respected friend, supporter and principled investigative journalist Alison Weir refusing to work with her, they are, in the words of Merle Haggard, “walking on the fightin’ side of me”. Certainly, Alison can fight her own battles, and she does so in her reply, but JVP exposes its true tribal roots, its “third category Jewishness”, and its Zionist ingathering by writing such a letter. If Gilad Atzmon is correct in his definition of Zionism as a “Jewish tribal preservation project” then the shoe fits, and JVP is unmasked as the fifth columnists they are. Paraphrasing the words of the late Helen Thomas, these Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine liberation”, because they’re playing for the other team.

On the slight chance that we’re wrong about JVP’s hidden Zionist agenda, let’s put the question to JVP leadership and individual JVP members: Do you support Israel’s claimed right to exist as a Jewish state? Yes or No … Up or Down … no Ruebner-like equivocating … which side are you on, really?

Will Ann Arbor Jews Vie for Censorship Title?

Long-in-the-tooth readers will remember the Soprano-esque letter by Physician Barry Gross in 2004 where he reminded the Mayor of Ann Arbor and his City Council that “The time when your silence [on our peaceful vigils] was acceptable is long past. The 470 family units in our congregation virtually all live in Ann Arbor. We are avid voters. We are watching closely for your response”. The “response” was that these deserters of the US Constitution, threw that Constitution under the bus and issued a resolution “condemn[ing]” our weekly, non-violent exercise of our First Amendment rights.

Now comes Professor Victor Lieberman, aka “the spitter”, who pens a late letter to the editor of the Ann Arbor Observer, requesting that he cancel the ad promoting our vigils*. Claiming that our group “is composed of hard-core anti-Semites”, he asks the editor “I see no principled difference between this group and the Ku Klux Klan. Would you allow the KKK to recruit members in The Observer?”

Be careful what you wish for, Victor. Do you really want to introduce a group promoting White supremacism into the discussion, when it’s your own group – Beth Israel Congregation – which promotes Jewish supremacism in Palestine? The battle between which Jewish Zionist has the most political sway – Lieberman or Gross – might well be determined this fall, when JWPF plans to run a second ad in the Observer. Do stay tuned.

Kevin Barrett Produces Sleepless Nights in Ann Arbor

JWPF was privileged to host Kevin Barrett this week, who spoke to twenty folks from southeast Michigan. He talked about false flag operations from the provoked and staged bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Gulf of Tonkin attack to the assassination of JFK, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 attacks on NYC and Washington, and the recent “French 9/11”, the false flag attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Kevin coated just about everything this writer thought he knew with a heavy blanket of doubt, and from the reports we’ve gathered from other listeners, I was not the only one.

Good for you, Kevin. Keep stirring things up and opening the eyes of those still willing to attempt to separate wheat from chaff.

Email From a Close Friend

Vigil Supporter H writes:

Ehu’d they elect this time?

Netanotheryahoo, I hope.

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* ad appears on p. 79 of June edition
May 23: 8 vigilers
May 30: 8 vigilers
New York Times, Dec. 1914, “consider the plight of more than 6,000,000 Jews who live within the war zone”
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Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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